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Martha A. Hartley

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Orlando
T: 407.367.5427
F: 407.264.8757

Marty Hartley focuses her practice on representing international and domestic developers and commercial property owners in the acquisition, development, finance, and disposition of commercial real estate, including resorts, hotels, mixed use, condominiums and affordable housing projects.

Featured Experience

Lender representation for $207 million agricultural loan.
New Markets Tax Credit financing of aircraft service hanger.
Provided due diligence and structure for acquisitions by national apartment REIT.

Professional Biography

Overview

In connection with her representation of developers, Ms. Hartley has assembled and led teams to achieve land use and zoning modifications for projects in both Central and South Florida, including obtaining comprehensive plan amendments, DRI modifications, and zoning and variance applications. She has also provided Florida real estate acquisition and operations guidance for a number of national REITs.

Ms. Hartley also has more than 25 years of experience in corporate practice and taxation, including mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and business succession planning. She also has substantial experience in association law, public finance and franchising. Ms. Hartley practiced as a certified public accountant in Fort Lauderdale prior to embarking on her legal career and incorporates this knowledge into her practice.*

Representative Matters
  • Lender representation for $207 million agricultural loan.
  • New Markets Tax Credit financing of aircraft service hanger.
  • Provided due diligence and structure for acquisitions by national apartment REIT.
  • Acquisition and leaseback of Florida industrial facility for national REIT.
  • Structure of "portfolio debt" investments for international client.
  • Formation of $22 million Irish equity fund investing in U.S. real estate.
  • Represented client in the acquisition, financing and land use planning for 365-acre mixed use parcel in Florida.
  • Represented a Florida resort condominium in abatement of more than $10 million in ad valorem taxes in a case of first impression in Florida.
  • Terminations of condominium regimes for Florida "fractured" condominiums.
  • Managed the due diligence for a $200 million hotel portfolio acquisition.
  • Obtained comprehensive plan amendment and PD modification for a 970-acre master planned resort.
  • New Markets Tax Credit conversion of historic building to boutique hotel.
  • Represented company in obtaining $3.5 million loan from a bank to help fund internal ESOP loan to finance buyout of remaining shares of company. Total purchase price of stock was approximately $4 million. Included intercreditor agreement with company's construction surety. (2016)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2008 in the areas of Real Estate Law and Tax Law 
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Orlando Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers as a leading Real Estate lawyer in Florida since 2014
  • Listed in Orlando Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Orlando," 2013
  • Member – The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Former Chairman – Orange County Bar Association Tax Committee
  • Executive Committee Member – United Arts of Central Florida
  • Former Member – The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Member – Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "General Insights into Handling a State Tax Audit and Specific Guidance on Florida's Transactional Taxes," Council On State Taxation, Southeast Regional State Tax Seminar (March, 2016)
  • "If you (Re)build it, They Will Come: The Craft of Value-Add Redevelopment," Central Florida MultiFamily Forum, Tampa, Florida (December, 2014)
  • "LEADING THE RECOVERY: Multi-Family in the Limelight," CREW Orlando Luncheon Program (September, 2012)

*Baker Donelson is not a CPA Firm.

[Marty is] always willing to go above and beyond to provide a professional experience and assist us with our needs.

Chambers USA 2015

Martha Hartley of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz recently advised Red Capital Partners, as local mezzanine lender counsel, in funding a 120-unit senior living development in Palm Beach County. 'She was always willing to go above and beyond to provide a professional experience and assist us with our needs,' say clients.

Martha Hartley of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz works on complex lending, leasing and condominium termination deals. 'Her knowledge and experience in the condominium space is excellent,' states one source. Another reports: 'She is knowledgeable about her field and is also very easy to work with.'

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